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and that's why people don't want it there. let's go to allan chernoff in new york, where there has been a vote by a commission that basically gives this the final green light, allan. >> it does give a green light to knockdown the building. the landmarks commission here in new york city deciding that the building two blocks north of world trade center was not worthy of landmark status in terms of history and in terms of architecture. this is exactly what the developers of the islamic center down there had been hoping for, and it does give them a green light to knock the building down, and put up what they hope will be a modern islamic center, including a mosque. now, that's very controversial, as we have been reporting. the developer, though, said he plans to move ahead, and he said he's gratified. >> it has been a whirlwind for the past four months. one in which we have worked tirelessly to realize an american dream.
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which so many others share. >> well, in spite of all the controversy, it's important to note that today's vote didn't actually determine whether or not there will be a mosque near ground zero. the soho properties company owns the building. they have a right to do whatever they want with it. so if the building had received landmark status, they simply would have had to work with the five-story structure that is now on the site. they couldn't build something 13, 15 stories high. now they can. they say that they're going to now form a nonprofit entity, figure out exactly what their plans will be, how large a building the exact architecture of it, and then they're going to raise money. they say they have not actually done any of that. they just had one mock-up. but that's it. drew? >> allen, i'm wondering if you have seen the mock-up. and for the sheer reason, is
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there going to be a minnaret, is it going to be a granny owes mosque, right there two blocks from ground zero? >> right. opponents have said precisely that to us, that they don't want minarets right near ground zero. there is no plan right now for that. the mock-up they do have is a modern building, about 13 stories higher. so -- and they say -- the developers say they this to fight in with the architecture of new york city. and they also emphasize that their effort is one to reach out to the christian community, to the jewish community. they want to create bonds, they say, and they're hoping that this islamic center will do exactly that. now, opponents, of course, are saying it's doing the opposite. >> all right. allan chernoff live in new york with the decision today. they're going to go ahead and tear down that building and
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build a mosque. well, time now for sound effect. >> there's a lot more sand bars this year than there has been in the past. one of the sand bars that most people like to frequent is the hamil sand bar. they access it both from the waterside through boats, and as chief crawford said, they will also come in from the land side. we have had a cooperative effort go on between the sheriff's office and the shreveport police department in trying to curb some of the activity and trying to make sure that the access is safe. we do a lot of equipment checks on the river every day. and the main thing that we want people to have and to know is that you need a life jacket on. you need to have a life jacket with you. a life jacket is like a seatbelt. it doesn't do you any good if you don't have it on. every drowning that we have worked on the river has been because there has not been a life jacket present.
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it's -- scenes like this you don't want to go to. >> he's talking about an accident that happened yesterday when sixteen agers wading in shallow waters of louisiana's red river. they fell into deep water where the river bed drops to 20 feet, and they drowned. it happened in front of their horrified families. a 17-year-old was rescued. the victims ranged in age from 13 to 18. none of them could swim. well, he is considered to be bin laden's heir apparent, and the only american on the cia's kill list. but just how dangerous see? you'll hear from some people who know him. that's next. long summer days, and not enough sleep. what i wouldn't do for a do-over. [ female announcer ] new neutrogena® clinical skincare. exclusive ion2 complex combined with activating cream helps restore collagen depleted skin. neutrogena clinical skincare is clinically tested to undo the look of a year's worth of skin aging in just 4 weeks. do-overs do exist.
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well, this guy is said to be the heir apparent to osama bin laden. and guess what? he is an american. his name is anwar al awlaki. the obama administration wants him dead or alive. the cia has a hit out on this guy. deborah feyerick has been researching just who is anwar al awlaki, how dangerous he is, and specifically, deb, how dangerous
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he is in the recruiting that he is doing. >> you know, that's what's really interesting about him, is there is a lot of talk at the very highest levels. is he operational? is he planning some large attack? that's the working premise, that, yes, he is. but his power is basically in his ability to recruit young, angry muslims. you're angry, you've lost your job, sure, go out, put a bomb in the middle of times square. he gives them the sort of religious sanction, which allows them to do this. that is why he is so dangerous, and that is why people, especially encounter terrorism listen so closely to him, because he knows how to spread his message. >> be careful. do not trust enemies. >> when anwar al awlaki speaks, he speaks largely to a western audience, inspiring and recruiting young men to join his lone wolf insurgency, using the internet and credentials to do
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so. how dangerous is he considered on a scale of one to ten? >> i would say ten. >> counterterrorism experts call him osama bin laden's heir apparent. >> often, the united states is seen as a strategic hub for getting the message out. it's a country that has enormous resources, and potential for recruitment is large and significant. >> if anyone knows, it is al awlaki. born in america, he spent his teen years in yemen, before returning to the u.s. at 19 to study engineers at colorado state university. though studying engineering, al awlaki soon realized a talent for preaching, at a mosque, where he is remembered as a pious young man. >> he gave a few sermons. it was a long time ago, so -- but they were very good. >> this is what america refuses -- >> good enough that without any formal training, al awlaki found himself preaching at the denver
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islamic society. he began recording cds on islam and the prophets. this book seller says they were best-sellers, appealing to young muslims. >> they're thirsty for knowledge. and he comes across in a very simple way, you know, to explain to you what islam is all about. >> from denver, al awlaki moved to san diego in 1996 with his new wife. al awlaki was finding his voice and building a reputation as an i am man when he became a spiritual adviser. his sermons were usually in english. his name says they enjoyed talking about things like the orient and taj mahal. >> he liked to go al ba core fishing, and i love albacor and he found out that out, and his wife was a good cook, so every so obvious he would bring me filets his wife cooked up. >> he was pursuing a masters at san diego state university. >> spent a lot of time going
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through, and learning not only the american society, but how people think in the society. >> it was in san diego that al awlaki met an associate of this blind cleric, imprisoned for plotting to destroy new york city land marks. it was also there these two eventually 9/11 hijackers attended his mosque. >> it's too much of a coincidence that the successor to al qaeda, i'd logically, was also connected to two of the individuals that planned the worst terrorist attacks we have ever seen. >> there is no evidence he knew of the 9/11 plot, but al awlaki's neighbor remembers his ominous goodbye. >> be careful. >> august of 2001, he comes and he says, we're leaving. what was the conversation? is. >> he said "i'm going back to virginia, and he said shortly after that i'll be going to yemen." and i said, "well, i do hope you'll be coming back to san diego soon." and he said "no, i won't be
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coming back. and he said in a little while, you'll understand why." >> traveling across country, he became a prominent iman in virginia. he set about pursuing a phd in human resources at george washington university. >> what makes him most scary, he's actually adapting best business practices to terrorist process. >> you will become a victim. >> he arrived at the false church mosque after al awlaki left and said the radical cleric sub verts praise on his followers. >> if you look at the statistics, most of the people who have been so-called radicalized, they know very little about their religion. they have been mobilized by their passions, by their feelings, by their urges, by their insecurities. >> now, al awlaki is only 39 years old. what he does is uses pop culture, really to make terror
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modern. it's very different from osama bin laden. it doesn't appear that he knows anything about making bombs or flying planes. anything like that. but what he does know is he knows how to get out his message. basically made in america. drew? >> you know what a lot of people who are not of the muslim faith have been saying about this for a long time is why aren't more muslim clerics like the one you interviewed in virginia coming out and speaking out against this guy? especially on the internet? but is that the case, deb, are they doing that? >> yeah. and now they really, really are. they said they've taken the message into the mosques, but now what they really need to do is fight him on the internet. that's where they've got to meet him face-to-face. there are a number of groups that are out there, giving an alternative to the al awlaki message. this way, when people go online searching for answers, perhaps, something is going wrong in their life, he is not the only option. because a lot of these experts say that it's people who are predisposed to violence, who are really hooking into al awlaki. if you can get the voice of
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moderate mainstream clerics out there, along with scholars, and we are seeing that more and more. they realize, this is the only way that they can win, is by making sure that the real ideology, as they believe it is interpreted, is the one that reaches those people who are going through periods of difficulty in their lives. >> right. and we should not forget that this -- the government of the united states wants this guy dead, deb. i mean, that's a very big step to actually have a target on the head of an american overseas. they really believe this guy is dangerous. >> you better believe it. especially because some people say don't kill him. you kill him, you make him a martyr, and that makes him more dangerous. take him on intellectually, debate him and disprove him and say what you did was wrong. they believe that will have a larger impact, drew. >> all right, deb, thanks. good stuff. about 3 million homes are expected to go into foreclosure this year. behind every single one is a person, and in many cases, maybe a family. we're taking you to the face of foreclosure.
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it's been nearly three years since the housing meltdown rocked the nation. poppy harlow talked with one family about what foreclosure really looks like. poppy joins me from new york. i can just imagine what it really looks like. depressing. >> yeah. really depressing. but a real reality. realtytrac has estimated 1 million homes will be foreclosed this year alone. behind those homes you have a family, and this face of foreclosure. so what we wanted to do is show people the face behind for closure. sherry and ken mohammed were one
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of those families, evicted from their home in january. they and their six kids were homeless for about a month, literally living out of their car in the middle of the winter. since then, they have found federally subsidized housing. we visited them, spend spent the day with them in new haven, connecticut. here is their story. >> it wasn't like we just did not pay our mortgage. you know, things happen. our son got very ill at the time. you know, it was a lot of circumstances that happened. >> january was total chaos. stuff in storage, we're in vehicles, we're at 11:00, hoping they have a room for us. i mean, survival mode. basic food. what are we eating? you know, basic things become major issues. the moving. your kids going to school. >> still got stoto do the schoo runs. every normal activity still has to remain the same for the sake of our children. >> wow, it was cold.
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we slept in the car. with a lot of hotels, kind of fun part. but we had -- we had a bonding experience with each other. we had these laugh moments, we had these sad moments. it was like living in a house but in a car. >> this is our final destination for at least hopefully two calendars. we've got one guaranteed right now. >> never crossed my mind, you know. i've heard stories of other people, but never thought it could be us, you know. >> didn't see it coming. >> no. >> we were really struggling, and at our lowest point, you know, they helped us. they helped bring us up, and we were very grateful for that. >> i keep having to say, we were fortunate. >> amazing, drew to hear him say despite that they think they're fortunate, from a nonprofit in
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new haven. the father, ken, he was a contractor, had a pretty good job, they could afford that home at one point in time. his clients, because of the housing crisis, couldn't pay him huh they owed him. they fell behind on their bills, so did ken's family, and thus, the cycle continues, and then they lost their home. drew? >> is he working? are they bringing income in? >> right now, again, contractor, the work is whenever there is a job. so it's very sportic. the mother, six kids from age 10 up to 17, not working right now. other than managing the lives of six children. and when you look at them, this is one family. there's about 313 foreclosure filings that we saw in june alone. so those are more than 300,000 more families that could face this. and as i said at the beginning, what is estimated is that 1 million american homes are going to be taken over by the banks at the end of this year. the good news is, this chart will show you, we have seen foreclosure filings going down a bit, drew, but guess what? bank repossessions, banks going
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in and saying forget it, we're not going to help you work this out, we're going to take your home. those have gone up over the last half year or so. and that's not welcome news to any of these families. >> yeah. what about the president's plan? he had a foreclosure plan, right? to help people out. >> yeah. he still does. but this is something the administration has come under really harsh criticism for. look, the president and his administration came out and said they're going to help 4 million americans facing foreclosure. so far, the latest numbers we have show us, since spring of 2009, so a little over a year ago, about 400,000 americans have gotten this permanent loan modification. now, it's not just on the president of the administration. they have urged the banks to work with their consumers. so it's also on the side of the banks, which, yes, banks are doing more. but as we can also see, banks are taking more people's homes from them. so more than 4 million people, it's estimated in need. about 400,000 it looks like so far have gotten help. i think bottom line, drew, there is a long, long way to go. this family got help, but not from the government. they got it from a nonprofit in
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new haven, and they're giving them this terror home for about a year. they gave them some furniture at the same time, after that year is over, who knows what the mohammed family is going to be able to do. >> let's all hope the economy is back after that. thank you, poppy. thanks a lot. >> you got it. all right. and you know, you should watch poppy harlow and ali velshi every weekend, saturday at 1:00 p.m. eastern and sundays at 3:00. for something called a static kill, the bp leak repair operation seems dynamic. we're live in the gulf when we come back. she spends her wholey tweeting ♪ ♪ and status updating ♪ but this girl should be friending free-credit-score-dot-com ♪ ♪ 'cause all that wireless spending ♪ ♪ has done her credit score wrong ♪ ♪ with their score alerts ♪ she'd have seen it coming ♪ she could have gone to work ♪ ♪on it, but now she's bumming! vo: offer applies with enrollment in triple advantage.
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this is just in on a breaking story today. workplace shooting in manchester, connecticut near
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hartford. we had been reporting seven people dead, now we are told nine people have died, including the shooter. this is an area, again, in manchester, connecticut. we're having more details brought into us moment by moment, and we're going to have a live report from the scene in about 20 minutes away. but, again, this breaking story getting worse and worse coming out of connecticut, where nine people have now died in a pork place shooting there. let's talk about the gulf, and the efforts to contain the leak and the final kill, which is called static kill. and we're going to take a look at just what it's looking at under sea right now, the static kill, not very much to see, since all of this is happening in tubes. but what we're led to believe is going to happen is that mud, this kind of cement and mud, is going to be pushed down into the cap from above. and eventually sealed from the top, this well that has caused
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so much trepidation and troubles in the gulf. they have been waiting to do it, because of a hydraulic leak in some part of this containment facility. and let's go to david mattingly to see what exactly is happening. david, you're in new orleans, and we are waiting -- i guess it could be under way right now as far as we know. >> right. as far as we know, that test going straight ahead to determine if this static kill is going to work. you just referenced that video, the shot underneath the ocean there of the well area. nothing going on there. we hope that it stays that way. and that's one of the things they'll be looking at as this test goes on. if this well can handle the pressure of that mud going in and pushing that oil down. this test is going to tell them if that static kill is going to work, and then how they might have to go about the static kill of how quickly they might be able to put the mud in there to essentially kill this well. but earlier today, admiral allen again was talking to everyone,
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sort of saying, this is not the end. we call this the static kill, and we are ending the threat of this well, if we're able to go forward with this procedure. but this is not the end, this is just another step in a very long and lingering disaster. >> this has been quantified as the largest maritime spill. i think we need to be mindful, we have long-term impacts. we need to be sobered by the fact that while the oil has stopped and we're not dealing with the day-to-day threat anymore, we need to assess the long-term impact on our ecology, the environment and the gulf. >> part of that ecological impact sort of came to life last night on a florida beach. there was this massive effort in the gulf to round up turtle eggs, all over the gulf, because they didn't want those turtles hatching out, and then going off into the water where the oil
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might be. so they went around, collected all those eggs, they're hatching the turtles, thousands and thousands of them. some of them were released last night on a florida beach at nighttime. and drew, the way this typically works, those turtles hatch out, and then they follow the moonlight or the starlight to found their way to the ocean. last night people with flashlights were guiding them into the water. this is sort of an idea of what sort of work has gone into, to protect all aspects of the environment here, and the ecological balance and how that's been thrown off. we're looking at possibly an entire generation of sea turtles not being born in the gulf of mexico. and that's just one of the questions that still needs to be answered, what is that going to mean for the future of the gulf? drew? >> all right, david, keep us posted on that static leak operation as we go through this afternoon. thanks, david. i want to bring this chad myers. they're calling this the worst accidental spill. >> true. >> in history. >> yes. >> which leads me to believe there was a bigger spill? >> well, there was, when all the
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oil in kuwait got dumped into the water. that was on purpose and many more millions and barrels of oil put into the water. just when you think you've read about everything you need to know about this oil spill, there is a doctor from the university of santa barbara, and i have about 60 pages of his work trying to estimate how much oil came out of that well, and how they did it, and how the methane mixed in, and how the bubbles of methane expand when they hit the water. and so to go with the number -- they're up to 4.1 million barrels of oil now in the water from this spill. the plus or minus in this paper is astounding. the plus or minus in the report -- not the doctor's work, the plus or minus says plus or minus 10% of this number. this paper is going, this is going to be 20 or 50%. wait a minute. take it easy on some of these numbers here. you have to really take the --
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we will never literally know how much oil is in the gulf of mexico. because of how the oil and the methane gas coming out of the bottom of the floor of the ocean mixed at times. we are we had our cameras focused on this oil forever coming out. it was white and then it was black and then it was gray and then it was white. when it was white, it was all natural gas coming out, and that methane went straight to the top and probably just evapated off and into the air, not good for co2 or greenhouse effect, but whatever. of not going kill anything up there, like when it was all black, all dark. that's when all of the oil was coming out. so the numbers are plus or minus. 4.1 is a good number, but i believe that plus or minus 10% is going to be a lot higher than that. >> how much are we going to fine bp, perfected. >> exactly. >> is it going to end up with experts versus experts. >> is it going to be $1,000 a barrel? it could be up to $7,000 a
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barrel, for the fine and that's why they want to know as close to plus or minus as they can what that number is, so the fine can be the most accurate. >> all right. well, thanks. >> it's a mess. >> how do you clean that up, right? how do you put a number on that? >> you can't. you've just got to wait. you've just got to wait, right? >> thanks. >> you bet. well, if it's tuesday, it must be an election day, right? somewhere. we'll check the hottest races and look ahead to november, right after the break. would you like that to hurt now, or later? uh, what? sir, it's a simple question, do you want heartburn pain now or later? [ male announcer ] these heartburn medicines make you choose between hurting now, or later. pepcid® complete doesn't. it starts to neutralize acid in seconds and keeps it under control all day or all night. sometimes you gotta make compromises, man. [ male announcer ] no you don't, man. pepcid® complete works now and works later. can be unsettling.
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you know, there's primaries today in michigan, missouri and kansas. and usually these primaries, especially in the middle of summer are boring affairs with a lot of political insiders trying to deal with, you know, who they're going to pick to run in the big races, i would say, gloria borger has she joins us now, a cnn political analyst joining us. but in missouri, there's an issue on the ballot that actually people who are not into the politics of the day might come out for. >> yeah. absolutely. you know, lots of times in politics we actually get to find out what people are thinking, because they get to vote on a specific issue. and this is kind of one of those moments. in missouri, where people get to vote on health care reform. very specifically. there's an item, there's a referendum that says, should missouri be able to opt out of the requirement that everyone in the state has to purchase some
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kind of health care insurance. that's part of the health care reform law. so this is the first national referendum on that issue. as you know, it was quite controversial. so everyone in politics is going to be watching to see what the voters in the show-me state do, although as you know, drew, in the end, this is probably an issue that's going to get decided in the courts. but this is the first time we really get to see how the voters feel about it. >> i know we have poll numbers on this, and i'm going to ask you about that in a moment, but for those of us who don't live in missouri, is this being hotly contested there? >> yeah, it is. and everyone is quite aware that the country is going to be watching them to see how they vote on this issue. you know, during the debate over health care, which we covered for nine months, the big issue was, should everyone be required to purchase some form of health care insurance? because if you don't require everyone, then you don't get an
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insurance pool large enough to ensu insure the uninsured. and that was sort of the big issue. and lots of folks, and there are lots of court challenges about this, believe that the federal government should not be able to require you to buy health insurance like they require you to buy car insurance, for example. so it's -- people there get it. it's important. >> and what about the rest of us? what does our cnn poll say about whether or not -- i guess the big question for the republicans is, they want to repeal the law, if, and when they ever get back -- >> they do. they do. and if you look at this -- the at these results, the public is clearly ambivalent. no, 50%, yes, 48%. and if you ask voters, do you like all of the law, part of the law, they would be a little confused right now. and that's really, drew, the problem for the democrats right now they head into these midterm elections because people are not really seeing the effects, good and bad of health care reform. a lot of it had to be
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back-ended, because you had to get people to buy insurance first, these mandates we were talking about just a moment ago. so people aren't really seeing the effects of it. they're confused by it. and they're worried about it. but do they want to repeal it? overwhelmingly? which is what the republicans are saying? our poll shows absolutely not, because most voters in this country believe that something had to be done about the way we insure ourselves. >> all right. gloria borger, we watch you tonight. see what happens. >> yeah, it will be interesting. >> it sure will. >> it will be interesting. >> thanks so much. >> sure. >> death and destruction happening right now in pakistan. not the work of the taliban. it's torrential monsoon rains and flooding, really like you've never seen, now spreading from the northwest to the country's heartland. we're going to have a live report in globe trekking next. one way i can take care of my engine? one a day men's -- a complete multivitamin for my overall health. plus now it supports my heart health and helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
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in our globe trekking segment, we're taking you to pakistan, where there is no end in sight for the misery there caused by monsoon rains. 1,500 people officially, i should point out, have been killed. this thing is affecting, though, millions, up to 2.5 millions of people. u.s. air force cargo plane delivered 76,000 pounds of relief to flood victims yesterday. obviously, nowhere near enough, residents say, adjoining us from islamabad. reza, you flew over the most devastated areas. that was yesterday i talked to you about it. but as more information comes in, it seems, the more information we get, the worse this disaster becomes. [ no audio ] >> yeah, drew, and you mentioned
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some big numbers. the biggest number came today, unic unicef, the u.n.'s children fund saying 3 million people have been impacted by this flood and its aftermath, many elderly people, a lot of people still stranded. so the mission now for the pakistani government is to get to them and get them help. some are too weak to walk. but to escape pakistan's deadly flood zones, they find a way to an army helicopter that air lifts them to safety. the rescue operation, one of hundreds in northwest pakistan, where the u.n. says the region's worst floods ever have damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes, and displaced an estimated million people. >> it was a bad flood, said this teen aimer, who was rescued. many builds were destroyed. i don't know what's going to happen to us. with the helicopter tour of the hardest hit areas by the pakistan army, the scope of the
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damage comes into focus. n entire villages and farm lands that used to line area rivers, now under water. few have suffered more loss than the people of noshara. when record-breaking rains broke the banks of the nearby in this river, entire neighborhoods were flooded. the pakistani government insists it's doing all it can to get help to flood victims. the army says it has rescued more than 30,000 people, and set up several relief camps. but many victims continue to complain, they're not seeing the help. one of the reasons help isn't getting to victims is because bridges have been demolished by floodwaters. we're at a village in the northern parts of the swat valley where so many bridges connect roads and go over rivers. and military officials say almost all of them have been demolisheded, and that has meant that victims in these areas haven't been able to get out, and relief hasn't been able to get in. >> so this was the enormity of
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the task. that every person and every problem could not be mitigated so soon. >> with the army unable to reach everyone, desperate villagers in swat valley often risk their lives, trying to flee, by whatever means necessary. for them, help could no longer wait. >> more problems for these flood victims today. the rains came back, heavy the atimes in parts of this northwestern province that's been ravaged by floods, and that rain grounded 36 helicopters, drew, that are so critical to the rescue and recovery efforts. and more rain is in the forecast in the coming days. >> reza sayah, live in pakistan. thanks, reza, just incredible devastation there. well, we've had another workplace massacre in connecticut. we'll tell you what happened
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next, in crime and consequences.
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we've been reporting on this, and the reporting seems to get worse and worse. a workplace shooting in connecticut. now nine deaths being reported, including the gunman. it happened this morning at a beer distributor outside of hartford, connecticut, a town called manchester. still an active crime scene, and that's why we find cnn's alison kosik reporting on this. allison, bring us the latest on what is going on. >> certainly, drew. police right now are keeping us quite a ways away from the crime scene, about 200 yards over my shoulder is the crime scene, the
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warehouse, where the shooting rampage happened. and a police source is telling us that an employee at hartford distributors showed up at work this morning and fired on his co-workers, using a rifle. this happened around 7:30 this morning, about 35 to 40 people were inside the warehouse. and the offices. when this gunman just opened fire. some of the employees got out of that warehouse and ran across the street to try to get some cover. and by time police officials got there, here's what they say they found. >> 7:30 this morning, we received a call of a shooter in the building at the hartford distributors, chapel road. our offices responded. they found the victim when they first entered the building. we treated it as an active shooter. there was a full response, mutual aid from surrounding towns and state police responded. the building was searched. and the suspect was found. he was found shot.
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he was found shot. >> where in the building -- >> the police did not discharge their weapons at any time during the response. >> and a police source close to the investigation tells cnn that nine people are dead. eight, including the gunman. and is we're hearing that the gunman's name is omar thornton, 34 years old, and was apparently recently hired as a driver for hartford distributors. this is a family-owned business of beer and wine distribution here in connecticut. it's actually one of the largest here. and what we're hearing is that union officials have labeled him as somebody with a disciplinary problem. and the idea was this morning that thornton was supposed to go with a union official this morning to talk with company officials to try to resolve this issue. but instead what happened was this shooting. no word if the meeting ever had a chance to get started before the shooting happened. drew? >> alson, you said it was a single rifle? is that what police are saying right now? >> that's what police are saying
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right now, exactly, drew. >> boy, that must have took some time. all right, alison kosik joining us from connecticut, site of a terrible workplace shooting. get back to us, okay? thanks. stories like this tend to focus on the gunman. it's important to remember that the victims, those killed and wounded by this violent act. we don't know their names just yet or their stories. we'll bring them to you when we do, but governor jody rell says her heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims. stay with us as we work to put faces, of course, to this tragedy. and now a quick look at our top stories. in the gulf of mexico today, they have fixed a hydraulic leak that was delaying efforts to plug the ruptured bp oil well. that means they can go ahead with tests now and potentially begin static kill, the procedure that could cap off this well somewhat permanently. president obama signed a law today that will reduce sentences for possessing crack cocaine, to
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bring them more in line for sentences with powdered cocaine. advocates say the old law was discriminatory since more african-americans used more crack while more whites used powdered cocaine. and if you want to avoid heart problems later in life, you need to start watching your cholesterol levels while you're still in your 20s. that's a conclusion experts are drawing from a new medical study published today that says young adults with high cholesterol are more likely to have heart attacks when they get older. it is all in the power of the nose. this is an amazing story. after the break, we're going to introduce you to some scientists who have created a way to help quadriplegics get around, one sniff at a time. [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time... time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief, comes in a new liquid gel. new zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®.
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in today's big "i," a big breakthrough in technology for paralyzed people. they can write messages, surf the net, even drive a wheelchair all with the power of their noses. take a look at this video. this guy is moving his wheelchair around with a sniff controller. whenever he sniffs, the device measures the change in pressure inside his nose, that is then converted into electrical signals that control that chair. the technology is the brainchild of anton and lee from the whitesman institute of science. they're joining us live from israel with skype. guys, is it really as simple as that looks? you can actually control a share with a sniff of your nose?
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>> yeah, right. it really is as simple. you connect a small tube into your nose on one side. the other side is corrected to the pressure sensor. the pressure sensor controls the nasal pressure into an electrical signal. we can use the electrical signal to control -- >> and we can add -- you can do it within 15 minutes. >> i don't think i can sniff evenly one side or the other or even control how i sniff too much. do you have to actually have physical training of how you would use your nose in different ways? >> yeah, the training is quite simple for some people.
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for some people, it was quite difficult for them to get control of their nose. but we're using a sniff trigger in our laboratory. we use sniffing to release t the -- in different conditions. we've found it's very easy to use a nose as a trigger, the kind of trigger. we then tried to use the nose with other devices and we found it could be as good as using our fingers controlling the joystick or controlling the mouse. it has the same speed, and it was amazing to find. it is a very good -- >> lee, let me ask you because i
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know you work with quadriplegics, right? >> yes. >> has this been well-received? i don't know if they're patients or clients. are they actually using this right now? >> yeah, actually, all of our patients now are using it. we have -- in other patients, anything he wants, friends and family in privacy. they actually use it. >> let me ask you guys a couple of quick questions now. number one, is this being used worldwide? and since we have a u.s. audience, sit being used or is it coming to the u.s.? and number two, what is the expense involved?
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>> we have submitted a patent application for this. we are waiting for the mass production. probably one day a company will come and try to put it into the mass production. there could be several versions of this device. one that could be close to several tens of dollars, very simple and very cheap device. and then other version could be hundreds of dollars, depending on the degree of control that you would like to have over your environment. >> and finally, have you looked outside aft quadriplegic world? is there some value in this for me to use or some other commercialization of this product that i would want to be
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involved in sniffing and controlling my life? >> yeah, of course, we have thought about that. and one of the applications is gaming. we've also thought about all those people who are working with their hands and they have not enough hands. sometimes you have to hold something with both your hands and you should press the button at the same time, so a sniff would help solve this problem. >> whenever you wanted your third hand, this is it. >> lee and anton joining us from israel via skype, thanks a lot. i can think of a lot of plumbing projects when i've needed that third hand. thanks, guys. really appreciate it. fantastic stuff. for more information on the study being done on the sniff control, go to there's been a huge hall of
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counterfeits near san francisco's fisherman's wharf. i'm robert shapiro.
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at legal zoom we'll help you incorporate your business, file a patent, make a will and more. at we put the law on your side. good afternoon. i'm drew griffin sitting in for ali velshi even though ali apparently never sits on this show. a new york city commission says a building near ground zero can be demolished clearing the way for a controversial mosque. bp crews could begin their static kill operation in the gulf of mexico today now that they've fixed a hydraulic leak. no let-up in this monsoon that's caused huge floods in pakistan. as many as 1,500 people are dead. we begin with taking out
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counterfeiters. the feds have just made a huge bust in a counterfeit ring. peddling fake goods all happening at san francisco's fisherman's wharf. it was a huge overdag. jeanne meserve was right at the meat of this operation. tell us what happened? >> reporter: it's being announced at this hour in san francisco, federal authorities saying this is the largest law enforcement action ever taken against retailers on the west coast suspected of trafficking in counterfeit goods. san francisco's fisherman's wharf, a tourist mecca with plenty of shopping. but now 11 owners and employees of eight small stores there are charged with smuggling and selling counterfeit goods. in the course of a two-year investigation, more than $100 million worth of merchandise was seized with 70 different trademarks. >> rolex handwatches, armani
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handbags, perfume, jewelry, scarves. >> reporter: the 11 people charged are all of chinese origin and the goods they sold came from china. no surprise, 79% of the counterfeit goods seized entering the u.s. do. the vast chinese counterfeiting industry is fueled by consumers here and elsewhere hungry for a bargain. some know they're buying bogus designer labels, others do not. hundreds of thousands of american jobs, the price is high, according to the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> do you think the counterfeiters pay legitimate wages or taxes? do they invest in factories or american jobs? no. they're all about stealing. they're all about promoting organized crime. they're all about getting rich at america's expense. >> reporter: this year immigration and customs enforcement expects to bring 40% more enforcement actions than
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they did two years ago. but some experts say it really isn't putting a dent in the problem, in part because of the economy. say they pinched consumers are looking even harder for a way to stretch a dollar. drew, back to you. >> how did the feds find out about this? how did they know it was going on? >> reporter: it started back in 2007. a shipping container came into the port of oakland from china. according to the federal government, it contained more than 50,000 counterfeit items. it had fraudulent documents. they traced that to two of the people who were arrested yesterday. they kept pulling the strings and following where they led. it culminated in the arrests made yesterday of 10 of the 11 people who have been charged in this case. >> so 11 people, ongoing, more people coming in? >> reporter: in this particular case, i don't believe there are more arrests going to be made. but clearly this has become a higher priority, intersect chul property theft. for the federal government, they're looking to build more cases under places. they're hoping to send a message
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to the people out there trafficking in these goods, there's a risk you're going to be caught and the penalties are high. >> jeanne meserve, thanks for bringing that story. in new york, a controversial mosque gets basically the green light to go ahead. a unanimous nod making it today's sound effect. >> the building at 4547 park place in the borough of manhattan lacks a special character or special historic call or aesthetic value of the cultural characteristics of the city, state or nation, and that the building in manhattan, tax, map block 126, lot 9, in part, be removed from the landmark's preservations commissions calend calendar. >> this is not so much a house of worship as a house of, we are going to do you in, we are going to introduce our view of sharia and we're going to destroy the democratic way of life that new york represents.
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>> it is a question of religious freedom in this country. we need to continue to stand up for the values that make us strong. that means allowing a group of moderate muslims to do what they see fit in a building they've purchased of their own accord. >> opponents vow this just ain't over. coming up next, wounded soldiers now surviving injuries that years ago may have killed them. it's an exclusive look at how u.s. service members are making the journey home.
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during past wars, world war ii certainly, but even in vietnam, it could take weeks before a soldier wound on the battlefield would be brought back to stateside to continue treatment there. but now because of extraordinary advances in medical care, airborne hospitals can get the wounded back home often within two or three days. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr had a very, very exclusive look at just what is going on in the air with these soldiers coming home. and it's really miraculoumiracu >> reporter: it is unbelievable. we don't often get to see the
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wounded right off the battlefield. but i want to introduce you to some young troops and the medical teams that are bringing them home. it's before dawn in the trauma bay of a base in afghanistan. another soldier wounded in the fighting down south, surgeons, nurse, doing everything they can. the journey home starts here. in vietnam, it could take weeks. but now wounded can be home in days. cnn was granted exclusive access to see the medical care that makes it possible to treat injured troops. this army specialist is being shipped home after being in three attacks in three weeks. he had already been here before. he survived two roadside bomb attacks in the same day and then a couple of days ago -- >> indirect fire.
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i was hit by a mortar. >> reporter: but still smiling. >> i'm good right now. they gave me some medicine. >> reporter: in the latest attack, dennis ordered junior troops under fire to run for safety. he couldn't get away in time. >> i didn't even get to start running. and i guess it knocked me out because i remember pushing myself up off the ground and had all this blood all over me. and then they medivacced me. >> reporter: dennis praises the doctors and nurses? >> these people here are awesome. they do their job. i respect these guys a lot. >> reporter: before dennis is moved to the plane, a last emotional hug from the trauma doc, captain joshua miller. >> take care of yourself. >> i saw him over there in that wheelchair and i took another look at him and i said, man, what are you doing here again? and sure enough, he'd suffered another explosion injury.
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>> reporter: the doors have just shut on this air medical evacuation flight here in bagram, afghanistan. the wounded have already been loaded. you can see that medical staff is already taking care of them even before we take off. we are about to go on an eight-hour flight back to germany. these troops are going to a medical center for further treatment. matthew cain, a medic, was on patrol helping other wounded when he was hit. your vest didn't protect you? >> it was about one inch right under it. it was right in the bladder. >> reporter: badly wounded, he told his buddies what to do -- >> right away, i went on to talk them through what we needed to do. it all went really, really smoothly. and then a medic was going to go help out and he helped out, too. >> reporter: now others are tending to him.
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he gets relief for his pain, specialist came, finally under the watchful eye of his nurse. for air evacuation teams easing the pain and devastation can be tough. >> i've had a couple of patients who were sleepy and just woke up in a fright, couldn't remember what was going on, where they were. and for me, that was the best moment to be there for that patient, to hold their hand and calm them down and let them know, i'm here, you're okay, you're going home and seeing them relax, okay, i'm good. it's all good. >> reporter: for dennis, now on the plane to germany, it is all good. you are going from bleeding to hugging your wife and daughters. there's a smile. >> it's going to be awesome. when you're near death that close -- i literally thought i
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was dead when that impact happened. i thought i was dead. but you really don't know what you've got until it's almost gone. >> reporter: tomorrow, the next stop, germany. drew, a lot of very young faces out there on the front lines. 572 troops wounded in action in afghanistan in the month of july. it's now beginning to look like it's double what it was just a few months ago. we'll have part 2 on t"the situation room" tonight. drew? >> barbara starr joining us from the pentagon. heart-warming story, barbara. thanks for bringing it to us. this guy plays with the stones. another big name in music. but his passion is saving trees. we'll tell you about a rock
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>> reporter: this is chuck lavelle. when he's not playing with mick jagger and the rest of the rolling stones, you'll find him here in the forest he planted on his farm in central georgia. >> it puts you back in tune with the earth, which i think is very important. >> reporter: lavelle's been with the rolling stones for over o quarter of a century. but his love for the environment predates even that. how did all this begin? >> all my wife's fault. >> reporter: his passion for trees and the land springs from the love of his life for 37 years, rose lane. this land has been in their family for generations. >> i brought check out to visit my trees when we were dating. and he said, yeah, i like that. >> reporter: today, the plantation is one of the most influential tree farms in the country. last year alone, the world lost 32 million acres of forestland
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to farming and other uses. chuck is trying to reverse that? how many trees do you think you've planted? >> probably about 726 per acre and there's about 30 acres. you do the math. >> reporter: that's just a small section of the farm. chuck estimates he's planted nearly a million trees on some 23 acres. but he's no tree-hugger. he believes that trees can be harvested to build homes, schools, churches, even reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. >> talking about renewable energy source, these trees can produce biomass fuel in the future to get us away from foreign oil. >> reporter: the key, chuck says, is to replant whatever we harvest. for him, it comes down to one simple thing -- forests are a legacy to be passed on. >> i'm a grandfather now. i have two grandsons.
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and the thought of them walking this forest and hopefully them bringing their grandchildren here to walk around, that's a pretty neat thing to consider. >> reporter: and consider it, he does, seated at his piano made of wood in a recording studio surrounded by trees. >> to see the sun coming up over here and over the pines, as you say, it can be very inspirational to play. >> reporter: well, play a little more. ♪ someone we can lean on >> reporter: an expert on trees and stones. ♪ baby you can lean on me test it, plug it, kill it, that is still the plan for the bp well, now blamed for the worst accidental oil spill ever. almost 5 million barrels, we're told. one last test planned before the so-called static kill begins to
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pump mud from the top down ideally forcing oil back into the reservoir. the obama administration extremely concerned about a deadly clash on the israeli-lebanese border. the sides differ on the details. but our best information indicating that an israeli commander and at least two lebanese soldiers are dead. u.n. peacekeepers are trying to keep the peace. two republican senators are calling out 100 stimulus project that is they consider, and i quote, stupid or inappropriate. they include $500,000 for new windows at mount st. helens visitor center. and then a study to discover how monkeys respond to cocaine. when we come back, ed henry next with "the stakeout." there you are, ed. let's see if i can get you in trouble. i mean going to ask you about
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time for our "stakeout" with ed henry who is at the white house. i'm not going to ask you about those cocaine-sniffing monkeys? >> reporter: well, that's about a stimulus project, now, robert gibbs talked about that a few minutes ago in general, not about the monkeys. but basically said he thinks the report is taking all kinds of projects out of context. but i think the battle for this white house is that they continue to face this republican criticism that the stimulus has not quite worked and that there's been some waste in there. >> ed, i said i wasn't going to ask you about those monkeys and
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then you're all prepared for anything i can throw at you. >> reporter: you just asked me. >> i'm not going to ask you about the monkeys but thanks for the answer anyway. i want to ask you about the president back on the campaign trail. for the life of me, it looks like he's running against george bush again. >> reporter: yeah, it's interesting. yesterday when i was in atlanta, he was in atlanta. i saw you there. we talked a lot about iraq because that was the key point in the president's remarks. but he later did a fund-raiser that didn't get as much attention where he didn't just rip republican policies. he basically said, look, these republicans running for office don't have a single solitary idea that's different than george w. bush. significant is that while he's been talking a lot about a choice between democrats and republicans going forward, this is the first time we remember him attacking george w. bush in a way, even indirectly. he hasn't really mentioned his predecessor like that. and george w. bush hasn't said a
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word of criticism about this president. but matt lauer's going to get the first tv with the -- tv interview with the former president. you're going to hear the president attacking the republicans maybe mentioning mr. bush a bit more. over the next two weeks, a lot of fund-raising on this president's plate. >> when the white house brings somebody else to us to talk to people about the economy and how things are going, they oftentimes mention that one bullet point, we inherited this mess, they're implying that george bush got us into all this trouble. is there a fear among the politicos there that this could backfire, quit blaming the past, let's move on? >> reporter: good point because they hear that inside this white house, that maybe some people around the country are a little bit tired of the white house itself looking backward. they've been saying to the voters, don't look backward and vote for republicans. maybe the white house looks backwards too much and blames
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everything on the previous administration. that is a criticism they're going to have to face heading into the elections. their answer to it, though, is they did inherit this. when we were talking about iraq and afghanistan yesterday, switched to the financial crisis, they feel like they did inherit this and it's just a fact. so it may anger some people but they're going to keep doing it. >> speaking of getting angry, this mosque decision in new york, i want to ask you about, because it's got some people really riled up, that it's a slap in the face of the united states to have a mosque two blocks from ground zero s. there reaction coming out of that door behind you. >> reporter: there's no reaction which underlines your point of how pelosi they have issue is. robert gibbs was asked about it by reporters and he said basically, i don't have anything on it. the facts were still being developed so he was able to push it away. today suzanne malveaux asked him about that. and robert gibbs still said, i don't have anything on that. i think it shows that this white
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house realizes how explosive the issue is. they want to stay far from it. but given the fact that the president himself gave this speech to the muslim world last year, has talked so much about religious tolerance and has injected himself into this broader debate about not vilifying -- muslims not saying all muslims are tied in to some of the negative aspects we've seen on terrorism, why he will not jump into this debate now is something that raises a question mark. you can bet the white house is still going to get questions. but for now, they are trying to stay far from it. >> it seems the president launched his own initiative to reach out to the muslim community in the u.s. and certainly the muslim world has kind of run out of gas. >> reporter: yeah, he gave the speech in cairo last year, i was there. there was some momentum coming out of it. but you're right. he's had so much else on his plate -- getting back to what we were talking about in terms of inheritance -- they realize inside the white house there's
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only so much outreach they can do without it looking like that's his number one priority. they would argue inside the white house that they continue to push it. but when they don't weigh in on an issue like this, it's undoubtedly going to raise questions about how much energy they're putting through some of these initiatives. >> your cameraman's done a good job trying to keep the construction out of the background. but i can hear the beeping going on. >> reporter: the old executive office building they're working on. over here, there's huge dirt piles where our north lawn cam position is. they're doing a big underground construction project that's going to last for about two years. we're told some of the telecommunications and whatnot here around the white house hasn't been dealt with in decades. there's all kinds of conspiracy theories that maybe they're building an underground tunnel or something else. we haven't been able to confirm that. they're probably just doing telecommunications and plumbing, the usual stuff.
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but whenever there's a big government construction project somewhere near the white house, there's always eyebrows being raised. >> wow, good stuff there. looking for the clancy novel coming out. >> reporter: yeah. >> appreciate it, ed henry live at the white house. this is bad stuff, mexico's drug war, threats against an arizona sheriff who says the cartels are worse than al qaeda. [ male announcer ] progress. progress is saving tax payers millions of dollars, with the help of visa digital currency.
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time for globe trekking now. first to pakistan and that country's deadly and devastating floods, getting worse there. more than 1,500 people have been killed so far in the flooding, triggered by monsoon rains.
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2.5 million people affected. other reports say as many as 3 million people now. thousands stranded in desperate need of water and food that is just not coming. there is a huge government relief operation under way. but as we reported, the 36 helicopters pakistan has are all grounded because of more rain getting to survivors is impossible to some areas because of washed-out roads and bridges. those lucky enough to be rescued are jammed in public buildings and schools. floodwaters are receding in the hard-hit northwest but flooding is now pushing into the country's heartland. and the government is concerned that the pakistani taliban will move in to flood-ravaged areas, areas they had previously been driven out of by the army. let's talk about mexico now and the drug wars and what that all means for us and for an apparent sheriff in arizona. rafael romo joins us, senior latin affairs editor. we have got death threats, fbi agents linking -- not linking
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but calling the drug cartel even worse than al qaeda. this has been simmering for a long time. there have been explosions going on. but this really seems like it's blowing up. >> exactly. and this is really an escalation of a war between the mexican government and the drug cartels that are terrorizing the country. let's take a look at this. an attack against federal police forces in juarez across the border from el paso, texas, on -- this is yet another development. police officers were shot at by heavily armed men believed to belong to a drug cartel who also threw a grenade at them. and an arizona sheriff is the target of a death threat from mexico in the form of a text message offering $1 million who could kill joe arpaio. this is how he reacted to the
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threat earlier today on cnn's "american morning." >> it's part of my job. they keep coming after me because of my fight against illegal immigration, drug, high-profile -- you can go on and on. but they're not going to deter me. i'm going to do more work against these criminals. >> arpaio calls himself the toughest sheriff in america and has put behind many operatives of the mexican drug cartels captured in arizona. the violent situation in mexico prompted a senior fbi agent to compare mexican drug cartels with al qaeda. tagt based in el paso, texas, who was not identified said, quote, we think al qaeda is bad but they've got nothing on the cartels, end quote. but an fbi spokesman in washington said the quote is the opinion of one fbi agent who lives and works on border violence every day. he went on to say that the fbi does not believe the cartels are any more dangerous than al
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qaeda. but in any case, a very worrisome situation. >> yeah, whether they're worse than al qaeda or the same as al qaeda, they're still bad. the sheriff seemed like he was going to slough this off. but the drug cartels have killed so many police chiefs and federal officials in mexico. is there real concern that this is not a prank, this is the real deal? >> not at this point. it's really difficult to tell because it came in a text message in one of those throwaway phones that you can basically get anywhere in mexico. it's very difficult to really say if this is coming straight from the cartels, if this is a prank, if it's serious or not. but what he was telling us this morning is that he worked from the d.e.a. in mexico city. he's seen that kind of a threat before. so he's not concerned. he just says, i'm going to keep on doing my job the way i've always done it. >> you said in the beginning this is basically -- the violence in mexico is basically brought on because the
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government is actually trying to do the right thing, break the back of the drug cartels and take back the country along the north where the drugs are being moved. what i'm not seeing is any evidence that the war is moving either way. it's kind of like status quo, like they're just fighting each other and fighting each other through a war of attrition. is there any evidence that the federal government is winning this war? >> goes back to december of 2006 when the mexican president felipe calderon took office. he said, we're going to do something about the problems created by drug cartels. there's been a war ever since and if you ask the mexican government, they'll tell you, the cartels are getting more violent because they are reacting like they're wounded. they're wounded, weakened and desperate. but if you ask other people in mexico, many mexicans say, we're getting tired of this, the situation seems to be getting out of control and it's just very dangerous, especially in
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cities like juarez where in the last 18 months, more than 4,000 people have died. >> calderon 2006 came in office, so he's out in 2012? >> 2012. >> does he have enough time to win this war or -- and i guess is there somebody in back of calderon who's going to have the political will to do what he's doing? >> by law, mexican presidents can only serve a one six-year term and so it all depends if somebody from the same party comes along and serves the next term with the same kind of policy, the war will continue. otherwise, it's really up for grabs what's going to happen. >> there's a lot at stake on this side of the border with what happens there politically. rafael, thanks. >> thank you. he had the kind of childhood that would have destroyed a lot of kids. but it made him stronger, committed to making sure other kids in crisis will get help. his story next in our "mission possible."
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this guy grew up in las vegas. you know who his role models were? motorcycle gang members and mobsters. he lived with an abusive stepfather, a mother who threw him out at age 15, a stepbrother he'd rather to forget. but sports proved to be his one way out and he took it. he earned a football scholarship to georgia tech. sam bracken, author and successful businessman devotes his time, energy, life, really to helping kids who were a lot like you, right, sam? >> absolutely. we try to help as many kids as we can. >> how do you do it? >> well, it's interesting. we all have our own story.
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i have my story of being raised like a whacked-out version of "the brady bunch." i was trying to get out of a bad environment, everything i owned fit in this little orange duffel bag and it became a metaphor for me for hope and packing my bags with my hopes and dreams. when we talk to kids and work with them, we try to, first of all, understand their story. a lot of our kids that are homeless or in foster care, they become forgotten, they live in the shadows. and when you listen to them and you really find out their stories, they're unbelievable. >> you did write a book and started a foundation, as you said, called the orange duffel bag foundation. and you've got this pilot project going in atlanta. i understand there's been a graduation. tell us -- just example of a kid who's gone
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through this and what the outcome has been. >> yeah, we did write a book. this book was sort of the content for this leadership program in atlanta. we work with some foster kids there over a couple of month period where we sort of thought them to have bold vision, have meaning, figure out values they wanted to live their life by and then create a goal-setting process to accomplish their objectives. we had amazing contributions from a lot of different kids. recently on monday, we had our graduation of that experience. and one young man, sebastian, who was born in ghana, has been in several foster families, his dream is to be a physician and to eventually return to ghana and be the president of that country. and i just -- we really want to help him make that happen. it's fabulous when you hear -- when these kids -- when they lock on to a powerful vision and a long view with really good meaning in their lives and they
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choose to take those unfortunate experiences that have happened to them in their lives and leverage that for their good and use it to ignite doing things on a daily basis that make life better, it's amazing what you learn from these kids. we've learned a tremendous amount from them. and i think we've helped them change the trajectory of their lives. they're going to end up in a very different place because we've spent some time with them. >> none of this is simple, i'm sure. i would imagine the biggest hurdle is to get kids who are going the wrong way to actually buy in to going the right way. as a person who's been there, how have you used your experience to try to reach them, turn the tiller the other way and send them in the right path? >> that's a good question. helping kids that have had less fortunate upbringings is messy. when i look back on my life, i was helped by very key people in very specific situations. one at a time.
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they just helped me, one kid. and when you look at these kids' situations and when you look at their circumstance, we like to say, be that one to help just one kid, because you never know what you're going to be able to do to someone. and part of it is mentoring, coaching, teaching kids when you can. but everyone in the audience knows at least one kid that's at risk. everyone can reach out to that kid and be a mentor, be a coach, connect with them on a personal basis, be uncomfortable, see things in them that they don't see in themselves, love them, extend yourself to them and get involved in their life. it's going to be uncomfortable. might be a little messy. but it can change so many people's lives and can help them become self-reliant and truly reach their potential in life, whereas there's so many kids that don't have that opportunity. if we could just reach out and help those kids and do what we can, it can make a tremendous difference. >> you held up the book. it looked pretty thin. is that book written for kids or
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is it written for us that want to reach out to kids or is it written for everybody? >> it's written really for everybody. it's a short read, very unique in its approach. it was fitting to have it be in a zipper, be in its own duffel bag. there's wonderful graphics in it. we tried to write the book that would impact all learning styles. we want to impact kids, of course. but i think everybody is really enjoying the book. it has beautiful artwork in it and photography. my co-author did some amazing things. kevin garrett has amazing photography in it. it starts out with poetry, moves to a narrative and then eventually has seven rules of the road for helping people on their journey, sort of where we try to coach people along. so we found that it resonates with kids, but it also resonates with everybody. anyone that's trying to make change in their life and wants to be exposed to a process of change to improve, learn and grow, it resonates with
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everyone. >> sam bracken, grew up in las vegas, came to georgia and now -- we're talking to you via salt lake city. thanks for joining us, sam. >> appreciate it, drew. >> if you'd like to know more about sam bracken and the work he's doing with kids in crisis, go to a tsunaminy on the sun is being felt all the way here on earth. we have pictures on this one. when you pursue an mba at devry university's...
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it is smoking hot in a lot of parts of the country as it should be in august. but this seems like it's just going on and on and on.
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>> i can have a couple of days of 107. i'm okay with it. but give me a break. 107 right now is what it feels like in little rock. 108 in shreveport. when you walk outside from an air-conditioned building, it hits you in the head -- >> i'm going there tomorrow. it's going to hit me right in the head, isn't it? >> well, yeah. that's what you get for going there in august, sir. 108 and even right now in new orleans -- that's just through the beginning part of the day. also watching tropical storm colin. here are the lesser antilles. it will continue to move toward the -- it's moving very quickly, 24 miles per hour. that's rocking for a tropical storm. so it will continue to probably make that big right-hand turn. so far, so good on the cone and where this cone's going to take us, anywhere here in between bermuda and the u.s. this could obviously change because the cone get all the way to the right of bermuda or a very close approach to the u.s.
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mainland sometime during the day on sunday. and there's nothing saying right now that this thing can't jog back to the left. that would be new york. that's a long way away. let's not even go there. con cones come and go. right now, winds only at 45 miles per hour. but it is forecast to be a bigger storm than that. there is shear out there, wind blowing it apart but the warm water will probably take precedence over that. guess what we're doing now? >> "off the radar." let's go off the radar. we've got music fir it? >> yeah. >> this is actually beyond the radar, isn't it? >> this is way off. this is what the sun looked like august 1st. this is from nasa. you can go on to nasa's website and take a look at what happened on august 1st. there was a large earth-facing
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ejection, a bunch of energy from the sun started running to the world -- toward the u.s. and the rest of the world. here's what it looked like. go ahead and play this animation. there was a tsunami even on the surface of the sun. >> this is real? >> this is the real image of what happened on august 1st, which was sunday. it's taken this long for this energy, this magnetic energy to get to the world. it could do a lot of things. this is a sea. this is a smaller of all of the particles coming in. you can have an m or an x. x is really bad. even with this ejection, we could lose some satellites. the biggest thing, i think, and you said it because you were just in alaska, you missed what's probably going to happen tonight, which would be this. make that bigger. that's amazing. this is from an i-report. this is good stuff. this is what the northern light
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cans look up there. this is the typical event when you get the election from the sun, you get big-time solar lights, the northern lights or the southern lights hitting the ionosphere. sometimes when you get a big event like this -- the thing is, you have to think of the world as this sphere and also the sun as a sphere. and these ejections can happen in any direction. 360 degrees, and they don't have to go toward the world. if they're not, you would never know that anything significant is happening here. the big thing is when they do shoot toward the earth, then all of a sudden all that energy comes to you, hits the ionosphere and we get good stuff. the bad stuff is if you can't see cnn because your satellite does this for a while -- >> that's really cool. i was just up in alaska.
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it was very light the whole time. does this happen whether it's light out or not? >> no, no, it doesn't matter whether it's light or dark. obviously in the wintertime you would see it more because the sky is darker, of course. but when the -- in fairbanks and even in anchorage, they have a 24-hour golf marathon because it's light enough to play the whole time for 24 hours on the longest day of the year. >> and they do it. people are crazy up there, in a fun way. thanks, buddy. politicians sling it, kids make pies of it. now it's the best hope of killing the leak down in the gulf. [ female announcer ] it's crabfest at red lobster.
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time for today's "wordplay" where we take a term in the headlines that might be unfamiliar to a lot of people and explain it. today, we've got "mud," which doesn't mean what you think it means, at least in the context of the gulf oil disaster. your average mud is wet, soft earth, right? well, the mud everyone's focused on today is drilling mud, a manufactured fluid, usually a bentonite clay base. right now, it is the main ingredient in bp's static kill plan. v they've got more than 1 million gallons of this mud standing by. the plan is to start pumping it right down into that ruptured wellhead today. it is the first concrete step to plugging it permanently. static kill may plug bp's well
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and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. at legal zoom we'll help you incorporate your business, file a patent, make a will and more. at we put the law on your side. time for the "xyz" segment today. we're told the oil that caused so much trepidation along the gulf coast is finally going to face the static kill that could permanently begin putting a cap on this nightmare. a lot of politics involved here as well. the problem for the people along the gulf coast is the fear that once this static kill is in place, all the other help and money that has been flowing their way will stop or trickle down. all of this taking place, of course, while local politicians try to prove there is oil out
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there and still causing problems. federal officials tell us it's getting harder and harder to find any oil to clean up. so which is it? is there or is there not any oil? are the beaches clean or dirty? do we need to keep spending huge amounts of money on response because the response is actually needed or is this now all about politics? at the heart of all this, from the politicians along the gulf coast is the fear they have lived with, the fear that the rest of the u.s. will forget about the gulf coast and there's good reason for that. five years ago this month, hurricane katrina hit new orleans. most of us have forgot. people along the gulf coast are tired of these disasters and tired of being forgotten after the disasters. they have seen disaster time and time again and seen the u.s. forget time and time again that they are still suffering from the last disaster while dealing with the current crisis. that's why they fear this disaster will soon end, that we will forget and move on and leave them once again dealing with the


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